National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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Pough “with illustrations in color of every species” by Don Eckelberry, Doubleday, 1946. In 1977 National Audubon launched a new guide series with the publication of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American birds, Eastern Region by John L. SPECIES ACCOUNTS.

Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition by Karl B. McKnight is not totally new, it’s a revision of A Field Guide to Mushrooms: North America (Peterson Field Guides) b y Kent H. Species Accounts.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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And why I am so happy to see new, updated editions of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America being published. In May, I reviewed Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition. any East/Central North American splits?

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Adding the 76 new species in the Hawaii section, this makes coverage of approximately 884 species. Species Accounts.

Birds of the United States (and Provinces) of (North) America

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When I drive a bit north to Lake Cuitzeo during the winter season, all the visiting Peeps ( Least , Western , and Baird’s Sandpipers , as well as Sanderlings ) and Plovers ( Semipalmated and Black-bellied ) connect me with North America’s Arctic shores.

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

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The ranger stood on the dirt road, facing south, and the rest of us, scattered about the parked safari truck, facing north and paying close attention to what she was saying. It was not a kitty cat, even though all of its relatives in the Americas were. But they don’t live in North America. I find it astonishing that people argue of whether feral cats are bad for birds in North America. They are invasive species. Mammals cats Invasive Species Week

Sibley’s Raptors of North America Poster

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Do you know your raptors but wish that you had an easy reference for all the raptors of North America? Never fear, David Allen Sibley has done it again with the release by Scott & Nix of Sibley’s Raptors of North America poster.* Like Sibley’s Backyard Birds poster Sibley’s Raptors of North America measures two feet by three feet and will be a welcome addition to the collection of anyone who likes birds.

Review: Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America

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I’ve sea-watched with some very experienced birders whose ability to identify species almost at the edge of visibility has left me questioning my optics, my eyesight, my ability and quite often my sanity. ’ section through chapters on Ocean Habitats and Tubenose taxonomy Howell guides us to his superb section on Field Identification of Tubenoses ahead of the main species accounts. The quality of images used in the species accounts is generally very good.

Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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I like observing them, reading about them, grappling with species and subspecies identification, and even—on a good day—talking about sparrow taxonomy. So, I was very excited when I heard that Rick Wright was writing a book about sparrows, the first treatment of North American sparrows since 2001, possibly the first book about sparrows of North America, depending on your definition of that geographic area. They’re all birds of North America!

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide by Sébastien Reeber is an exhaustively comprehensive reference book that is sure to bring joy to the heart of every birder who slowly scopes through the hundreds of ducks in the local marsh or bay and eventually, after an hour or so, looks up, smiles, and says, “I have a Eurasian Teal.” The publicity material says 84 species, but I counted and recounted, and I only see 83.

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America and of Northeastern North America: A Review of Two Field Guides

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You can blame the nice people at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who took it upon themselves to send me a review copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America by Seabrooke Leckie and David Beadle. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America (left plate) and Southeastern North America (two right plates).

Find The Data North America Bird Migration

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The more data about bird migration we gather from professional and citizen science efforts, the more each one of us can learn about the comings and goings of our favorite species. Another migration tracker that seems to hold great potential for those able to master it is the Find The Data North America Bird Migration page. Try to contain your morbid fascination as you sort by Airline, Aircraft, Airport, Year, Species, and even Repair Cost!

Climate Change And Birds: Europe vs. North America

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I want to alert you to a recent study (from April) that looks at the plight of bird populations under conditions of climate change in Europe and North America. Data were collected from the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme. From the Abstract and summary: Changes in climate can cause populations of species to decline, to increase, or to remain steady. The larger North American sample sizes smooth out the line.

What’s in a Name: Woodpeckers of North America

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When it comes to individual North American species, the old reliable trick of naming them after physical traits is in full effect. From his name is derived the name of the order Piciformes , the family Picidae , and the genus Picoides (as well as the genii Picus and Piculus , which include no North American members). Well, I never did see a Black-backed Woodpecker on my trip, but they were on my mind… What could be more straightforward than the naming of woodpeckers?

Cavity Nesting Birds of North America and Their Babies!

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Bufflehead ( Bucephala albeola ) Female at Cavity Entrance photos by Larry Jordan “Some 85 species of North American birds excavate nesting holes, use cavities resulting from decay (natural cavities), or use holes created by other species in dead or deteriorating trees. Wood Duck ( Aix sponsa ) Female Incubating Eggs in a Nest Box “Many species of cavity-nesting birds have declined because of habitat reduction. Cavity-nesting Birds of North American Forests.

The American Coot – One of the Least Appreciated Birds in North America

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Maybe it’s because the American Coot ( Fulica americana ) is the most abundant and widely distributed species of rail in North America that it gets no respect? The post The American Coot – One of the Least Appreciated Birds in North America appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

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The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America by Nathan Pieplow is innovative, fascinating, and challenging. The guide covers 520 species of birds regularly found in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, including, interestingly, a number of exotic species. There is also a traditional index to bird species, by common and scientific name. Species Accounts are arranged taxonomically, grouped by family.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. And, he is also good in the species accounts of less-researched owls, where he finds diverse ways of saying ‘there is no research so we know little or nothing.’

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National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: A Book Review

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The second edition of the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition has one of the longest book names in bird bookdom: National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: Now Covering More Than 1,000 Species With the Most-Detailed Information Found in a Single Volume. An undisclosed number of family and species accounts have been updated. Now we come to the heart of the book, the species accounts.

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World

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As the subtitle implies, this appreciation drives the bulk of A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World. The photographs by Thomas Mangelsen are in the same spirit, while Johnsgard’s numerous line drawings of various species and behaviors add an old-fashioned charm as well as valuable visual information to the pages. A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World by Paul A.

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Consolation species

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I was soooo excited about getting to know the Middle East, as well as some of its exotic species. The Streak-backed Oriole shown at the head of this post is far from an uncommon species in Paso Ancho. This female Rose-throated Becard also gave me my best photo so far of its species.

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Karlson

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The latest from his pen is Birds of Prey , a hybrid between an identification guide and an essay collection, a book of lore that provides a comprehensive overview of the raptors of North America. Instead it’s one you’re likely to turn to on coming home after a long day to find out a bit more about one of the species you spotted – or to consult before a trip to learn the little quirks of a target species.

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Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide – A Librarian Birder’s Review

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This is probably because Gulls of America , the Peterson Reference Guide co-authored by Howell with Jon Dunn, has a prominent place on my bookshelf, and because I spent some time last year, while staffing the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Visitor’s Center, explaining to beginning birders why “molt”, as in Howell’s Guide to Molt in North America , on display at the SHBO, was a subject worth reading. This is the first field identification guide on tubenoses in North America.

Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

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Fortunately for you, though, when I got home I found a review copy of National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America by Jonathan Alderfer and Paul Hess ready and waiting to be dissected for your delectation. At first I was surprised by some of the species that weren’t there, quite common and noticeable birds like the Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan.

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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With two of North America’s major flyways, Mississippi and Central, overhead, and with almost 400 miles of coastline Louisiana is one of those states where you can see Eastern and Western birds and a hell of a lot of shorebirds and waterfowl. Louisiana is a magical place to bird.

Welcome to Invasive Species Week!

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Here at 10,000 Birds we are going to dedicate the coming week, from today until Saturday, to invasive species. We plan to use the broadest possible definition of invasive species, including species that are expanding under their own power and even species that are not, to the best of our knowledge, causing harm to species native in the range into which the invaders are expanding. But why are we covering invasive species at all? Will native species suffer?

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The point is, the field guide I grabbed without hesitation was the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by Jon L. No other field guide to North American birds does rarities so comprehensively and so well. (To The 7th edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America covers 1,023 species that reside, migrate, or have been documented as accidentals or exotics in North America.

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Invasive Species Week Wrap-Up

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Perhaps our outrage at invasive species can be a bit hypocritical at times. Listers are quick to put aside their condemnation of invasive species once they attain that coveted status of exotic: not native, not fully naturalized, but established well enough to be countable by the prevailing authority. The rapid proliferation of the European Starling is, on the species level, equivalent to incalculable fortunes of billionaire moguls.

Greenland’s Arctic Tern

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There is a total of 235 different bird species in Greenland, most of them are migratory birds with approximately 60 species breeding within the land. Due to their great protectiveness against dangers such as gulls, arctic skuas, ravens, falcons, foxes and humans, a lot of other bird species reside just outside the Arctic terns colonies. Destinations Arctic Tern Greenland North America

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U.S. Endangered Species Act: The System Works

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A prime example is a report newly released by the Center for Biological Diversity which suggests that, by and large, in the United States, the Endangered Species Act is indeed helping to save the birds it protects. Interestingly, researchers found that birds protected as endangered species were better off than unprotected birds—with overall declines of 24% since 1974—because of intensive and active management.

Black-footed Albatrosses Rock!

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It doesn’t really matter that he has seen a gaudy Orange Throated Brown Job or Streamered Spangled Spectaculette in whichever Caribbean island he has visited, or how many birds he finds in any particular county of New York (I always thought America had states, not counties like England does, but this isn’t a blog about administrative divisions). I was lucky to work with the species on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals.

Manky Muscovy Ducks

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Manky Muscovy Ducks Manky Muscovy Ducks By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share The Muscovy Duck ( Cairina moschata ) attracts more attention than most ducks, at least in North America. However, the species sometimes referred to as the Barbary Duck appears very much out of place just about everywhere else.

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Clapper and King rails may represent four or five species

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elegans ) are the largest rails in the Americas. Their taxonomic status long has been unclear due to their overall similarity and the fact that in eastern North America and Cuba, they hybridize. Clapper Rails , as currently defined by the AOU, occur along the coasts of North and South America and Caribbean islands, and inland in southern California and Arizona. King Rails occur widely in eastern North America, in eastern and central Mexico, and in Cuba.

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The Lesser Goldfinch: A Common California Species

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This spunky little finch is the smallest member of the North American genus Carduelis. Both of these species show gregarious flocking behavior except when nesting. References: 1 Birds of North America Online. I caught this male pictured above harassing a female Ruby-crowned Kinglet as she was bathing in the water feature. Unlike the more common American Goldfinch, the Lesser Goldfinch’s ( Spinus psaltria ) plumage does not change color during breeding season.

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White-breasted Nuthatch is four species, study says

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The family has representatives throughout the forests North America, Eurasia (including North Africa), and Indomalaya. In North America, we have, traditionally at least, four species, the most familiar of which is the White-breasted Nuthatch ( Sitta carolinensis ). Noting these results in combination with long-recognized (if subtle) morphological and vocal differences, the 2011 paper proposes that all four populations could be given full species status.

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314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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In June, I visited North Dakota for the first time. Like any birder visiting a new place, I had a target species list I was hoping to seek out during the one day I had available between business commitments. It shows that of 588 species assessed, 314 species in the continental United States and Canada will lose half or more of their current ranges by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace (which is approximately 8 degrees F of warming by the end of the century).

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A Guide to Some Possible Bird Species Splits in Costa Rica

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These and several other species might end up being armchair ticks if and when we take a closer look at their evolutionary history. Taxa that could end up being split into one species occurring north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and one south of the isthmus. (2). A species that lives in both Costa Rica and South America but might be two separate species. (3). Two subspecies of the same species that differ within Costa Rica. (4).

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The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

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Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the “Rufa” population of Red Knot ( Calidris canutus rufa ) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). One of the two sub-species of Red Knot occurring in North America, the Rufa subspecies breeds in the Canadian Artic Region and migrates along the east or Atlantic coast of the United States. This means the species is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future throughout its range.

Illegal Puma Skin Sent to India

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It was sent from North America to India and confiscated by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime India endangered species It was labeled as a "rug" and the only reason they searched was because of a tip.

US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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Now that the species is listed in the US as "threatened," hunters can't import the dead body parts (aka hunting "trophies") in from Canada. Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Tags: canada blood sport polar bear hunting trophy hunting endangered species

Zero Gravity Brewing Company: Bob White

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But it also means that released and escaped nonnative gamebirds in North America – partridges, quail, and pheasants, mostly – are warily stealing from their hiding spots to roam the upland underbrush of the continent, occasionally crossing paths with momentarily befuddled birders in encounters that unfailingly send these birds scurrying back under cover, or cause them to take flight in a panicked flush. At last, it’s spring in the northern half of the world.

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Emerald Ash Borers vs. Woodpeckers (and Nuthatches)

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These bark-burrowing beetles, which apparently hitched a ride in cargo shipments from their native Asia, have been starving the ash trees of eastern and midwestern North America to death for a dozen years now. These birds may be the North American ash tree’s last line of defense against the EAB invasion. … Here at 10,000 Birds 20 July – 26 July is Invasive Species Week. Nonetheless, this week will be chock full of invasive species.

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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North America is home to many amazing bird species, including several which require a special effort to see and appreciate. In the summer, they are the highest altitude breeding songbird in North America.

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